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While most Parisians would tell they wouldn’t go under any circumstances, because it’s not Parisian-like enough, Paris-Plages, the transformation of most Paris banks’ rivers (Seine, Canal Saint-Martin, Canal de l’Ourcq) into sand beaches, is the place to enjoy a sunny day with your kids. Thousands tons of sand, palm trees, deck-chairs, kid activities on the banks. A great summer deal for those who chose Paris over the seafront and those who can’t afford it. Actually, it attracts every summer no less than 3 million visitors.

You chose Paris for your holiday but still want to enjoy some Mediterranean vibes, we have the perfect address for you

Every July and August (ending August, 17, 2014) for the past 12 years, Paris Plages has become a summer tradition in Paris. The river banks turn into beaches where the kids run and play while the parents rest. You can either work or your tan or enjoy the numerous cafes under the plane trees. An don’t forget the ice cream stands!

Only thing missing: the actual sea or ocean to swim in. But you can’t have everything, can you? You can’t have the sea, but Paris gives you white clean sand and a view of Notre-Dame and other famous monuments to look at from your chaise-longue.

The River Seine banks also host friendly bars and hotspots to drink rosé while sunbathing. Find more about these venues in our article.

Where?
On the Seine right banks for your kids (you can rent kid-bikes sizes for 30 minutes for free with Paris program “P’tit Vélib”), danse activities, beach volleyball fields or even tai-chi classes. Here’s a map.
In the 19th arrondissement, on La Villette river basin, for more nautical activities (canoe, rowing and even surf). Metro station: Jaurès.

When?
Paris Plage is open from 8am until 12pm, with 250 attendants on site to keep the beaches clean and safe.
For more information, paris.fr/parisplages

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